Art of Creative Writing: Writing Stories People Want to Read

Ref: C2344284

Once upon a time, when knights were bold and WEA classes met in face-to-face classrooms, tutors taught their students using archaic methods of communication to share and discuss their knowledge. Cursed to live in interesting times, we can still meet in a virtual classroom (Zoom) and share documents and resources via an online platform (Canvas) and we are still imparting our wisdom (well… our thoughts, experiences, learning…) and sharing activities in a fun and enlightening manner. Join us as we travel onwards. Do you want to write stories? Develop fascinating characters? Create plots that keep your readers hooked? Do you want to explore different methods of tale-telling and narrative styles? Do you want to experiment with your fiction and find what enthrals your readers? Do you want to do this in a supportive and unpressured environment with the opportunity to share and read others’ work? Sounds like you may have found the right course. Sign up. Come along. Write. Discuss. Enjoy

Course aim

Explore creative writing exercises to improve storytelling techniques and write tales that entrance your audience. Everyone will be encouraged to share their writing but nobody will be expected to do so. A relaxed, informal course for enjoyment.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • You will need your own personal email address so that you’re able to login to the WEA’s digital learning platform: WEA Canvas. You will need to be able to understand how to follow URL links to pages on the internet. If you want to understand more about Canvas please visit:
  • You will need to be able to follow links to join our WEA live video learning platform: WEA Zoom. If you’d like to understand more about our video learning platform, Zoom please visit: and
  • This course is for a group of around 15 students studying in a live video-learning platform conference and an online digital learning environment platform from the comfort of your own home.
  • This course is suitable for beginners and improvers
  • A good level of spoken English is required

By the end of the course I should be able to:

  • Develop an interesting, unique, complex and rounded character and understand their motivation.
  • Identify the audience that you're writing for and begin to understand what they may want to read.
  • Upload at least one piece of writing to Canvas and read tutor and/or fellow students' feedback comments
  • Discuss fellow students' written work using Canvas or in live-time Zoom sessions
  • Write a short story with a beginning, a middle and an end, or produce a plan for a longer piece.

How will I be taught?

  • The WEA’s digital learning platform, Canvas will be used to provide resources or to support lessons, enable assessment, provide learner feedback and for other activities for individuals away from the course. If you want to understand more about our digital learning platform please visit:
  • The WEA tutor will use a range of different teaching and learning methods and encourage you and the group to be actively involved in your learning
  • You may be asked to undertake additional work in your own time to support your learning

What kind of feedback can I expect?

  • Your tutor will provide written, text and audio feedback recorded in WEA Canvas, WEA’s digital learning platform.
  • A range of informal activities will be used by the tutor to see what you are learning which may include quizzes, question and answer, small projects and discussion
  • You will have opportunities to discuss your progress with your tutor
  • You will be encouraged to share your work with the group and discuss your learning
  • You will be encouraged to consider other students work and give your opinions and suggestions
  • There will be a number of tasks appropriate to your course such as written work, creating art or craft, video, photography or small projects. Some of these may be marked to help you progress

What else do I need to know?

  • What you need: You will need an internet connection, speakers, a microphone and a webcam so that you can use our video learning platform, Zoom. If you’d like to understand more Zoom please visit:
  • You will also need access to the internet outside of your sessions. You could do this using a smart phone, tablet, laptop or a desktop computer (at home or through a library etc.).
  • You will need a personal email address to join the WEA’s digital learning platform, Canvas so that you can receive resources, record your progress and achievement and to work with others and share ideas. If you want to understand more about our digital learning platform please visit:
  • Writing equipment - pens and paper and/or word processing

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • No pre reading is required but research on the subject on the internet or in the library may be helpful

What can I do next?

  • Progress to another WEA course
  • Progress to a course with another provider
  • Become involved with the WEA in a range of voluntary work and other activities including campaigning as a WEA member
  • Access the WEA What Next? booklet here

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Art of Creative Writing: Writing Stories People Want to Read


As a registered charity, and to meet our funders’ requirements, we need to check a few things with you before you enrol. Please check the details below to ensure you meet the basic eligibility critiera:

  • You are paying the standard fee (with a credit or debit card) or you are on any of the qualifying benefits
  • You have a valid email address so that you can receive confirmation of your booking
  • You have been resident in the UK, EU or EEA for the last 3 years
  • You are aged 19 years or older on 1st September 2020
  • You declare that the address you provide is correct and that you will provide evidence of this and your eligibility to live and work in the UK
  • You have read and accept our standard terms and conditions

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